Private Practice Review: "Heaven Can Wait"

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After being away for the longest time (and almost making us forget all the bad stuff), Private Practice came back last night in the usual fashion with "Heaven Can Wait."

People we thought we knew turned out to be shadows of their former selves, handsome Latino doctors stroked our cheek, and our waspy mother formed the phrase, "Thank you."

Hell hath frozen over, for Bizzy Montgomery is in love. 

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Her longtime (and secret) lover, Susan, is ill with ovarian cancer, and after a successful surgery, Addison and Dr. Rodriguez believe they have cured her. On the day of her wedding to Bizzy, Susan reveals to Addison that she believes the cancer is back, only to pass out on the dance floor later that night.

Sheldon has to deal with a colleague who's developed a heavy dependency on prescription drugs. This hits home for Sheldon mainly because he looked up to this doctor and his revolutionary dealings with "talk therapy." After his friend suffers  a very public psychotic breakdown, Sheldon makes the difficult decision to report him to the police.

Despite her uncomfortable therapy session with Sheldon's friend, Charlotte slowly learns to rebuild a life that was disrupted by her rapist. And Addison is learning not to be frightened and run away when things in her relationship get rough. We'll see how that pans out.

I find Addison to be selfish and impulsive when it comes to relationships.

She married Derek, then carried on with his best friend. Then she moved to Los Angeles and tried a few men on there. Then she developed feelings for Sam, who is her best friend's ex-husband, but then started dating Pete. THEN she decided that she really wanted to be with Sam and had to break the news to Naomi.

There's something so self-centered about Addison that makes me want to just... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I also dislike when Addison inhales deeply after a run-on sentence. It's the WASP in her. I know she can't fight it, but why does she have to do it so often?

When I first saw Sheldon's psychiatrist friend write Charlotte a scrip for five months worth of anti-depressants, I thought it was a dream. I kept thinking to myself, "This is far too unethical for the FCC to condone.  There has to be a catch." Oh, but there was.

The debate over whether or not we humans are machines was quickly put to bed at a lovely restaurant with white tablecloths. Dr. Feel-Good takes a handful of pills, Dr. Concerned confiscates the pills and confronts Dr. Feel Good, and Dr. Feel Good goes off the deep end, taking the table cloth and silverware with him.

It ended badly, but proved to us that prescription drugs are not Skittles.

I don't know how Naomi manages to look Addison in the eye every day, let alone speak to her. The moment Addison told her that she was seeing Sam, their friendship changed. Addison is dating Naomi's ex-husband, and there are a million things wrong with that.

Addison still thinks she can come to Naomi and talk about her relationship problems, but that's simply not the case anymore. Get a clue, Monty. 

Things I Thought About To Distract Me From The Dangerously Good Looks Of Dr. Rodriguez  

  • Please tell me Bizzy and Susan's first dance was NOT to Metro Station's "Shake It." Who was the music supervisor for this scene? Did he or she get a copy of the script beforehand?
  • Raise your hand if you think Addison is going to hook up with Dr. Rodriguez.
  • Loving Bizzy's Bulgari necklace. I'd fight Addison to pry it out of Bizzy's "cold, dead hands."
  • Charlotte got her groove back against the ice machine. At Bizzy's wedding. Thumbs up.

What did you think of last night's Private Practice? Discuss!


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (45 Votes)

This review hits the nail on the head. Lots of moans about how it attacks Addison or whatever. I suppose the truth hurts. If you're a fan of whiny, bed-hopping, cheating Addi, then im sure you're offended. I would be too. But the thing is, im not. Because for the most part, its 100% true. I cannot watch PP and NOT be appalled at the characterisation of this woman. And we are supposed to like her?! I suppose watching it on TV makes it less personal, but if my best friend suddenly shacked up with my ex husband, there WILL be hell to pay. And just because he's an ex, doesnt mean that he is in the game and fair play. If i were Naomi, i would divorce myself from Addison and be better off for it! Kate Walsh is beautiful and i do feel sorry for the raw deal Addison seems to have gotten where men are concerned. But jumping into the pants of your BF's ex...? Im sorry. She is so annoying at the moment and too selfish for words. This is fact.


Totally agree with Ashley!! Is there seriously no one else in LA that these people have to continually have to be involved in incestuous, in house relationships??? UGH HATE Addi and Sam they have about as much chemistry as Bill and Hillary! PP used to be a must watch show but really considering ditching it altogether!


haha wow..somebody doesn't like addie.
personal much?


leave addie alone


The review is kind of over the top and not objective at all BUT I think private practice fans have had it with Addison jumping from bed to bed and her cheating cycle. She is 40 for the love of God.


I really dont care about Naomi and her offended self. I only care about Addison finally not cheating and staying with Sam.
She picked Sam once again and I'm happy for it.


Addison is a self absorbed s_ _ _ ! She only cares about what SHE wants and doesn't think about how her actions effect others ! Please , writers , give her some class ! Im tired of seeing her jump from bed to bed...its BORING !!!


I strongly detest how this review was written. I mean I understand that all reviews posted on this website are the opinions of the writers but there was just no balance in the assessment of this episode. The entire rant about how self-centered Addison is belongs in a personal blog more than a major fan site and the review fails to highlight the important breakthroughs of each character in this episode. Moreover, the review was done with little summary of what happened in the episode making it more lackluster. As for the episode itself, I didn't enjoy it as much as others but I appreciated the storylines of Addison and Charlotte and Cooper. I know Addison hasn't really had an ideal history when it comes to her relationships but this episode showed a lot more to who she is. I think the point of it was to show that this is something that Addison really struggles with and the fact that she turned away from Eric Rodriguez shows that she is growing. I also liked the Charlotte and Cooper story here because I thought it was very sweet and endearing. It was a very fluffy episode for them and I like that because I know that there'll eventually be something to turn things around. @Aries93 I agree with your theory regarding Charlotte and the prescription. I think that the event in next week's episode wherein she'll be forced to face her rapist again could possibly trigger something in her that would want to fill in that prescription. This could be when her relationship with Amelia starts as she struggles to overcome the temptation to use again. And this will also be something that she and Cooper will have to face together.


I LOVED the Sheldon story this week. I need more of Sheldon!


@amb2kool They also did at Maya's wedding too! Even though they were broken up at the time.

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